The Power of Faith, Hope, and Love
1. The Triumphal Entry
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
With Matthew 21 we officially begin the passion week. The Last Week of Jesus life on earth.
In His Last Days His Seven Last Days we will see what He was doing and what was on His Mind.
The gospels are testimonies and not biographies
They are meant to give you everything that you need to put your faith in Jesus Christ.
Some people just read the Bible for knowledge. Looking for theology on a quest to be right.
Some read it from the heart they look for emotional and even mystical understanding of scripture they are devotional in approach.
The third way is from your informed imagination this method takes seriously the impact of the fall on every dimension of human experience.
If we approach the Word of God from all three the imagination bridges the gap between the Mind and the heart and we get a fuller understanding of the Love of God for mankind.
How do we do this? We listen
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (listen) and (love)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Let’s Set the stage
Jesus is walking to Jerusalem coming in from the back road from Jericho He comes around the back side of the Mount of Olives. You can imagine the massive temple that was in place at that time in AD 33. We will talk about that temple more when we get to chapter 24
Matthew brings out the fulfillment of scripture
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Fitting to start the final week with fulfilled prophecy
Important to note
When a King entered a city if He was on warhorse that meant He was coming to Judge the city.
If He rode a donkey that meant He was coming in peace.
Jesus was not coming to judge the city
He was coming to submit himself to suffering and death to pay the penalty of judgement of the worlds sin.
Hosanna: Save us Now! Palm branches waved
When Jesus was born the whole city was disturbed
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Now the whole city is moved (the city is shaken)
2. A Prophet is in the Temple
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
His entrance to the city was Kingly
But His entrance to the temple was priestly
here He walks in His Priestly role as He heals the lame and the blind.
The priest and scribes see the miracles and the wonderful things He was doing and they hear the children saying Hosanna but they become indignant
The healing and joy of the new reality could not be contained in old wine skins of their dogma.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
3. Lessons from the Leaves
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it,they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Jesus is hungry
This is the only destructive miracle that Jesus ever preformed.
This was never about the tree!
It is about the temple
The tree had green leaves no figs
The temple had all the show and no power it was barren
He turns this into a lesson on faith
Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
4. Questions of Authority
5. Two Worker Parables
We have looked at this 21st chapter with the understanding that this is His last days
But what we must see within this chapter is what is most important for us to see, this is a testimony a first hand account by Matthew to help us in our Journey to put our faith in Jesus Christ. But beyond that we need to remember what it said in Paul’s words in
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We see the power of faith in the lesson of the leaves
- Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
- How can you walk this out this week?
- By faith what do you need to ask God for this week?
We see the power of hope in the entrance to the city
- When a King entered a city if He was on warhorse that meant He was coming to Judge the city.
- If He rode a donkey that meant He was coming in peace.
- Jesus was not coming to judge the city.
- He was coming to submit himself to suffering and death to pay the penalty of judgement of the worlds sin.
- Hosanna: Save us Now!
We see the power of love in the temple
- The High Priest and the Great High Priest
- The Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil and The Tree of Life
- Judgement which brings fear Love that brings peace and joy
We need faith we need hope but what we need the most is love.
- Audio (M4A) 11 MB